Today might be the day that HTC officially release their new flagship model, the HTC One (M8), but that hasn’t stopped Samsung from getting some face time of their own courtesy of the perennial leaker, @evleaks, who has tweeted that Samsung will be releasing an Active version of the Galaxy S5. @evleaks went on to state that the S5 Active will carry the SM-G870x moniker and will be available from AT&T and Sprint, among others.
You may remember that Samsung released an IP67 certified Active version of the Galaxy S4 last year, meaning that unlike its softer brother, the S4 Active could survive being submerged to a depth of 1m of water for up to 30 minutes. Thats not a formula that Samsung can repeat this time round though, with the stock Galaxy S5 itself boasting the very same IP67 certification. And just to obfuscate things a little more, Sony’s new Xperia Z2 holds an imposing IP55/IP58 rating, which Sony says, and I quote, ” makes this slim and sleek smart phone both waterproof and resistant to the tiniest dust particles”. The Z2’s rating also makes it able to endure more than an hour in up to 5 feet of water. Pretty handy if you are rough and tumble or just a little accident prone with your phones. You would think that for the Galaxy S5 Active to be worthy of the Active branding, it would have to at least match the Xperia Z2. I’ve included a chart (below) detailing the different levels of IP certification.
When the S4 Active was released, it was apparent that the screen and camera weren’t quite up to the normal S4’s quality, with the camera slipping from 13MP to 8MP, and the display changing from a Super AMOLED to a TFT screen. So it will be of great interest to if Samsung will match the standard water-resistant S5’s specifications. What do you think? What IP rating does the S5 Active have to feature to make it worthwhile? Do Samsung really need to bring out an S5 Active when the bog-standard version is already water-resistant? Let us know in the comments or via our Google Plus page.